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Canucks Start Annual Mom’s Trip With A Win

All their mom’s were watching and they sure made them proud.

The Vancouver Canucks are on their annual mom’s trip, and they got off to a great start winning 3-1 in Colorado against the Avalanche Tuesday night.

The Canucks got a strong showing from Jacob Markstrom who made 29 saves, and offensively by Bo Horvat who had a point and an assist.

The Canucks (21-20-12) scored three unanswered goals to secure their first game since the All-Star break and also broke a four-game losing streak.

“It was a good game from the bottom to the top,” Markstrom said. “We had some huge [penalty] kills late in the first and early in the second, and we had some timely goals. Our guys did a great job, we were blocking shots and had great sticks. They really didn’t get any grade-A chances.”

The Avalanche would get off to a good start scoring the opening goal at the 2:26 mark of the second period when Francois Beauchemin ripped a shot from the middle right circle that fooled Markstrom short side for his 7th of the year.

The loss made the Avalanche go 0-3-1 on their four game home stand. They visit the Ottawa Senators Thursday for the first game of their three-game road trip.

Matt Bartkowski would tie it at 1-1 for the Canucks scoring his 3rd goal of the year as his shot went off of Semyon Varlamov and past him at the 9:43 mark of the second period.

The Canucks doubled up their lead when Sven Baertschi gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead with his 10th goal at 16:22. Ben Hutton took a shot that Varlamov stopped, and the rebound slid into the right circle. Baertschi shot it into the net as teammate Jake Virtanen was checking Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie into Varlamov.

The Canucks would seal the deal in the third period via Bo Horvat’s 10th goal.

Defenseman Luca Sbisa carried the puck into the Avalanche end and passed to Horvat, who beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a shot from the inner edge of the left circle.

In the loss Varlamov made 25 saves.

Some bad news came from the game as the Canucks lost center Brandon Sutter at 10:59 of the second period when he was cut in the face with a puck. Defenseman Alexander Edler also didn’t play in the third period; the Canucks said he was hit in the ankle by a puck.

Up next: The Canucks travel to Arizona for a matchup with the Coyotes Wednesday night.

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